Category Archives: Hard SciFi

Strings on a Shadow Puppet, reviews, interviews and trailer views

A review, two interviews and a book trailer for Strings on a Shadow Puppet, the exciting spy-space opera by T. L. Evans Continue reading

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Germline – The Subterrene War: Book 1, T.C. McCarthy (Orbit, 2011)

Germline is the lackluster, near future Military Science Fiction novel by T.C. McCarthy that serves as the first in the Subterrene War series. Written from the POV of a war correspondent, it has an interesting premise, but sparse descriptions and an unsympathetic narrator failed to really pull me in. For a full description go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com or short link to: http://wp.me/pWa2h-E3 Continue reading

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The Wool Omnibus, Hugh Howey (Broad Reach Publishing, 2012)

The Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey is one of the great examples of self-publishing done right. Starting with single short story (Wool) that was complete in itself, Howey built a dark and gripping series of stand alone short stories that meld beautifully into a great novel. Buy it now, or go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com for a full review! Continue reading

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the Archaeologist’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Today I celebrate the third Anniversary of this blog![1]  This year saw a continued increase in readership, and as with last year, I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the most popular posts. First, however, I thought it only … Continue reading

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The Archaeologists’ Guide to The Billanobian Hegemony

T.L. Evans discusses the Billanobian Hegemeny Continue reading

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Strings on a Shadow Puppet: a description of the HMS Hunter

This week’s continuing recovery has led me to post the ship description and deck layout of the HMS Hunter, as depicted in Strings on a Shadow Puppet. Continue reading

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Dune, Frank Herbert (Gollancz, 1966; [NEL, 1978] {MacMillan Audio, 2007 Narrator: Simon Vance and full cast})

With one week to go before publishing my book, I decided to review one of the most influential bits of Science Fiction that I have had the pleasure to read.
Dune by Frank Herbert is one of the most important science fiction books of the 20th Century. Frequently referred to as Science Fiction’s answer to Tolkien, the book (and subsequent series) has remarkable world building, but if you ask me, it is the story structure that really sets this book apart. For a full review go to http://www.sophyanempire.wordpress.com Continue reading

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